Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Terrell's Birthday Weekend

On Saturday Terrell celebrated his 35th birthday... so we spent the whole weekend enjoying the milestone and celebrating with the birthday boy. It was a full one but so much fun!

Friday night Terrell's parents invited us over to celebrate and his mom told him she'd make him whatever he wanted for his birthday... so he decided on a huge, home cooked, southern meal of her chicken and dressing with sides. It was sooo good!! He was definitely spoiled to kick off his bday weekend!

She even made him a homemade caramel pie!! We were STUFFED come Friday night. Haha! We had such a great kick-off to the weekend and Terrell's birthday. It was a fun and very delicious Friday evening for the whole fam. =)

On Saturday morning the boys and I went to pick up breakfast from McDonald's for everybody... and I think it's been over a year since we've done that. It's super rare so it was a treat for everybody... especially our birthday boy. =) 

The boys loved their breakfast so much they were practically finished by the time we sat down! Have I mentioned how they're eating more and more and we're now going through over 2 gallons of milk a week?! Gracious. Feeding growing, bigger boys is going to be a crazy experience. And expensive.

After breakfast we had the laziest Saturday morning ever. I seriously can't remember another Saturday (with kids, at home, in our 30s, ha) that we've just laid around and done very, very little for the whole morning. It was sooo nice... but it also makes you worthless. Hahaha. We felt so lazy and could hardly get awake good or make ourselves start a load of laundry or venture off the couch or out of bed for a long stretch. 

The boys did amazing on our lazy Saturday morning... They started organizing their Pokemon and baseball cards into binders and played really well together and watched a little TV. It was just a record breaking super laid back morning.

After a small lunch for everybody plus rest time, everybody got showered and ready for the rest of the day. 

Layton Thomas enjoying a little post-bath reading time. =)

We gave Terrell our gifts before leaving to go out to eat Saturday night. All 3 boys made him sweet homemade cards and he got some new sunglasses, a new UGA t-shirt, and a new pair of pants for work. He was pretty thrilled with our little gifts and cards. 

I didn't get any pictures of us at the restaurant with my parents and Anna's fam, but we had such a great time. No kid drama or public displays of craziness... plus the food was awesome! 

We went back to my parents' house for cake and presents and this year I surprised Terrell with a homemade birthday cake. (I didn't make it... ha) It was sooo good and we enjoyed it lots. 

Singing Happy Birthday, blowing out candles, and eating cake and ice cream are HUGE favorites for the boys. And between July 23rd and September 3rd we have 4 family birthdays to celebrate so it's been a fun birthday stretch so far.  

Saturday night was fun.... even if things did get a little wild and crazy with my children by the end of the night.  Ha. 

Sunday morning I went to church solo so the boys could stay home and rest/have downtime before heading out on a little road trip to Aunt Kara's. I only stayed for the first hour before coming home, eating lunch, and then we hit the road. 

On the way up, Layton napped and the big boys enjoyed Honey I Shrunk the Kids. =) A favorite from my childhood! They loved it!!

Our niece Allison turned 9 on Monday and we celebrated with a family party on Sunday afternoon. The boys had a ball and we enjoyed wrapping up our weekend with another celebration. The theme of her party was cats and Kara made the cakes. #cakeformonths They're freezing the majority of it. =)

It's so hard to believe she's 9! I actually had a flashback to her very first birthday party when we were singing Happy Birthday. *Sigh* Soak it up, savor it, enjoy it, make the most of it. 

The last time we went to a birthday party for one of our niece's on a Sunday afternoon this happened on our way home.... so this time around we vowed to get on the road earlier, really watch traffic and our app we use, and do our best to have an uneventful ride home arriving back at a decent hour for a school night. Kara lives 2 hours away so we got on the road around 4:30ish....

And things started so promising. The big boys watched a movie and Layton held onto his little party favors and things went smoothly for the first 30 minutes or so. 

Then Layton decided he was tired of riding and started yelling loudly. Then crying. Then the big boys started complaining of feeling car sick. Nooooo. Then I had to move to the backseat to entertain Layton who continued to cry and yell off and on and we debated on stopping earlier than we originally planned.... but based on our previous bad experience we were hoping to make it to the "safe zone" off the interstate close to home.... Buuuut Layton threw up. All over himself and me. Ohh good times. So we stopped at the closest McDonald's and changed his clothes (thank goodness we keep some extras for him in his book bag), I tried to clean up my shorts and the car seat, (thankfully it wasn't terrible), and then we ate supper and got back on the road. Gracious. Never a dull moment.

We survived! We're home!! Haha. 

I loved celebrating with this guy all weekend long and I'm so thankful we get to share all our crazy adventures together. Team Selph is my favorite. =) 

Happy 35th Birthday Terrell!! We love you!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Layton at 2.5

Our baby boy turned 2 and a half on last Friday! Our baby!!! It just goes oh so fast. Even though it's hard to believe he's already half way to 3, it also feels like he's been here forever. He made us the Selph 5 and it sort of feels like we've always been a party of 5. =)

He is one of a kind, sweet as can be *when he wants to be*, super high maintenance at times, a big time mama's boy, and very much the baby of the house. We all love him to pieces and probably cater to him a little too much. And yet, having 2 big brothers, he definitely has to fight for his right to party around here. =) He's tough and resilient and so far a little combination of Garrison and Austin. He is ours and we are so thankful. 

A few facts and updates on Layton Thomas at 2.5...

First of all, you are a great baby brother! You LOVE playing with Garrison and Austin and y'all have the best time together. You miss them while they're at school and are so excited to play with them after school. You want to be like them and think you can do anything they do. You annoy them plenty and definitely keep them honest and on their toes, but you also love them BIG and enjoy being with them so much! Y'all have lots in common share a special bond. I hope and pray y'all's friendship continues to grow and that the 3 of you truly are best friends forever. 

Your favorite hobbies right now include being read to, coloring, doing puzzles, working on your alphabet puzzle, playing outside, playing superheros/fighting bad guys with your brothers, playing with your GeoTrax train, building with mega blocks, and getting your hands on the iPad or Kindle. =)

You also love Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, Daniel Tiger, annnnd a few "older" shows and characters too like Ninja Turtles, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Power Rangers. #youhave2bigbrothers #it'sinevitable You are getting close to watching an entire show/episode at once but you mainly just love the characters and want to play while you watch or to watch/play on the PBS kids app on the iPad. =)

I wake you up on school days around 6:45 and you start the day with breakfast at the bar with your big brothers. (On the weekends you usually sleep past 7.) Your favorite breakfast is a Nutri Grain bar with dry cereal... but you also love muffins, cinnamon rolls, and frozen waffles which are special treats and typically saved for weekends. While your big brothers are at school we run errands or just have lots of play time at home... plus we do chores together. =) So far you're doing pretty good with independent play and more structured/educational play with mama. We have an early lunch on school days around 11:15 or 11:30 and you love leftovers best of all but freeze-dried fruit, almonds, raisins, cheese, chips, applesauce, yogurt, and raw carrots and ranch are lunch time favorites too. You take about an hour to an hour and a half nap around 12:30 every day and by 2:30 we head to pick up the big brothers. While you don't love the car rider line you are always excited about going to pick up Garrison and Austin and are always so happy to see them and so glad to have them home! 

The afternoons are filled with snack time, homework time, (time in the basement with Nana twice a week while I tutor) down time in front of the TV, and lots of play time. The way the 3 of you play together every afternoon is such a blessing. It's not always without fighting and tattling but for the most part y'all are just all super happy to be back together again and love spending time with each other. 

Your favorite suppers are spaghetti and tacos, but you also love "chicken spaghetti", chicken quesadillas, scrambled hamburgers, and BREAD. Bread is one of your most favorite foods! Haha! You have just recently started liking grapes and mashed potatoes but other than that we depend on fruit and veggie squeezables as a side for you lots of nights.

We start bedtime and bath time for you shortly after 7 and the evenings we're home you're usually down for the night between 7:30 and 7:45. 

You still love to be rocked and read to every night. You're quickly outgrowing your crib so a big boy bed is on the way!! Pops is making your bed and while we wait for it to get finished and ready, we're planning to go ahead and transition you out of the crib and into a big bed. One day we'll even try out all 3 of you together in the same room. =)

You are super smart and learning more everyday! You can count to 11, you love the ABC song and can almost sing it by yourself when you think nobody is listening, you know all of your colors with the exception of green (I actually have some color blind suspicions but we won't be able to confirm anything until you're a little older), you are starting to recognize uppercase letters A-G... and your name!, and you can retell and "reread" a story like a pro.  

You are possibly the loudest member of our family and you can be very demanding when you want something badly. You love giving hugs and kisses and always give me lots throughout the day and before bedtime and nap time. You have sweet manners and rarely forget to say thank you. You prefer me for everything but still love playing with daddy and are so excited when daddy gets home everyday. You are potty trained! (Wooohooo!! I'm pretty sure I bought our very last pack of pull ups for bedtime use last week.) You are obsessed with tractors, lawnmowers, trains, motorcycles, and big trucks... pretty much anything transportation related. You yell pretty regularly. Ha. You love your family and extended family. And you are the cutest, sweetest, most wonderful 2.5 year old we know! Happy half birthday Layton Selph!! We love you so much and are enjoying watching you grow!!

***This week has been really draining so I'm taking a break to catch my breath and will hopefully be back sometime next week. =)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Weekend of Down Time

This weekend was laid back and full of down time and fun. It was just what we needed after our busy, exhausting week!

Friday night we ate leftovers and started movie night early. Terrell cut the grass while I enjoyed Stuart Little 2 with these 3. It was a cute movie! Even Layton watched most of it... of course popcorn helped lots too. =)

Saturday morning we slept past 7 (yay!) and then had a really lazy morning. We made cinnamon rolls for breakfast and the boys watched a show or 2 and had a little play time and then the whole fam went outside to take advantage of somewhat mild temperatures. The big boys requested to play golf!

They're both getting pretty good!

While the big brothers played golf, Layton requested to go on a walk. We got sweaty but enjoyed strolling the neighborhood. =)

Austin decided to take a break from golf to swing and by the time Garrison finished up, all 3 boys were ready to cruise in their dune racers. 

Popsicles Saturday morning were a big hit too!

Terrell grilled us hot dogs for lunch and we got everybody cleaned up and let Layton take a short nap before getting ready for a fun birthday party. I don't have any pictures from the party because I was too busy talking, ha, but the whole fam had a great time. The boys came home filthy, sweaty, and happy. =) 

After showers/baths for the boys, we went out on our first family date in a while. We've been trying to eat out a little less on the weekends so we haven't been out together as a family of 5 in weeks... maybe months. It seemed like a really long time. But Garrison mentioned our fave Mexican restaurant earlier in the week and sort of wondered aloud if we'd ever go back (haha), so that's where we went. It was delish... plus loud and messy and a little crazy. 

I'd say we were definitely reminded why we don't go out very often. Hahaha! But we all enjoyed our meal and not having to prepare or clean up at home! It was a little crazy but still fun and worth it... at least to me. =)

Sunday morning we were off to church and my handsome little assistants were a huge help getting the preschool hall ready for teachers and families. Every Sunday morning they deliver SS boxes to each classroom, turn on lights, set up chairs, help out teachers once they arrive, and help welcome our earliest arriving families. All the Selph boys (including daddy!) are the best and help make my Sunday mornings so smooth! 

Sunday afternoon after lunch the whole family passed out! Austin got in Terrell's lap on the couch and was asleep in less than 5 minutes, THEN he stayed asleep while Terrell carried him upstairs and put him in the bed. Whaaaaaa??? None of my children have ever stayed asleep for the "transfer"... you know from car to arms to bed or from car to arms or from arms to bed. Ha! Yay for our almost 5 year old finally doing it!! Everyone got in a nap or some good rest time on yesterday afternoon. It was soo needed. We love and appreciate lazy Sundays!!

Once everybody was awake we decided on a trip to DQ for ice cream. The temps were back to unbearable so when you can't go outside... go out for ice cream! These super cool dudes were our dates. =)

Late Sunday afternoon we went to Granna's for just a little while before heading home for baths and supper. We had a super low key Sunday night and this morning we're gearing up for FULL week. So thankful for a weekend of down time before starting up this week of busyness!! 

Have a great Monday! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Favorites: Bring on the Weekend!

This week has been good... but also long and tiring. We're almost fully immersed in our "Fall schedule" now and I think that made for a long week that's finally caught up with us. Back to school exhaustion is something serious! I'd say things went really smoothly with our new schedule but we are so thankful for Friday and SO ready for our weekend!! 

Here's at look at our faves from the week...

*On Friday night we celebrated Frankie's birthday at my parents' house with a delicious steak dinner! We had such a fun night celebrating and eating good food! Baby Girl is loving all the birthday celebrations happening lately. 

*Saturday morning we slept late (Thank you Jesus for extra rest!!) and then we headed out for our first family swim since our vacay! Ms. Debbie was out of town so she graciously offered us her pool. It was a fun morning for the Selph 5!

*These 3 had a ball. 


*Garrison is a fish now. All over the pool, jumping off the diving board constantly, and he was a big fan of daddy throwing him in too. =)

*Austin did some pretty cool jumps off the steps too. =)

*And don't forget Layton!!

*Sunday morning this little man watched daddy shave and then went and got his little drill and took it into our bathroom and said he was shaving. Haha.

*Monday morning Layton happily read books and made messes while I changed the sheets on the bunk bed. We listened to music and had a sweet little time together. 

*DONE! Woohoo!! =)

*These trays came in this week and have been a favorite ever since! We use them for snack time and at supper. Perfect for collecting crumbs and an easier clean up... especially when I go from snack time immediately into tutoring at this table twice a week. Such a time saver!

*Our biggest had a great 1st week of soccer practice this week! It should be a really fun season!!

*This super hero/Wild Kratt bat came streaking through the kitchen while I was cooking supper one night this week. Oh he makes me laugh. I LOVE watching him grow up but I also want him to stay like this forever... fun-loving, laid back, happy, and totally HIM. =)

*Our first school night Game Night was a success! We got in a quick version of Chutes and Ladders and then barely survived an exciting family journey with Eye Found It. Hopefully we'll be able to continue to squeeze these in almost every week.

*When mama wants to watch the Olympics and Layton wants to slide and play... you bring the slide downstairs from the playroom and enjoy both! =) 

*Layton Thomas doesn't take long naps anymore, so waking him up is rare and therefore a sweet surprise. A good nap for him lasts about an hour and a half but Wednesday afternoon he made it a full 2 hours before we had to go pick up his brothers. He was laying at the foot of his crib on top of books and his blanket and almost buried under stuffed animals. Baby boy is outgrowing the crib fast so a big boy bed is coming soon!!

Favorite Not-Pictured Moment: A little one on one time with my big boys Wednesday night while daddy put Layton to bed! Garrison joked earlier in the evening that I was the working girl and daddy was the playing dude... which is really funny considering I stay home and daddy goes to work. Haha. But he was referring to me having to cook and make lunches, etc during times when daddy plays with them. This is a great system for us because it gives me an opportunity to work faster and with peace and quiet, but it also made me a little sad because I don't want the majority of my boys' childhood memories to be of me in the kitchen and never playing with them or spending quality time with them like Terrell does. So Terrell put Layton to bed (something I typically do every night because he still prefers me) while the big boys and I got in a game of SkipBo and then I read to them before bed and put them to bed. So from now on we're going to try alternating between who puts the big boys to bed and who puts Layton to bed. It's a simple and easy way for me to get some extra alone time with Garrison and Austin... something that becomes pretty rare once school starts back. We're also going to attempt me staying home with 1 big boy plus Layton while daddy takes the other big boy to soccer practice. I just want a good balance and for all 3 of my boys to see me doing more than just working around here. =)

This weekend is another laid back one. YAY!!! We have very few plans and are just going to soak up the extra down time together. Happy Friday!! Have a wonderful weekend!